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Blackburn Rovers owners under fire from fans and sponsors

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The Venkey family are being urged to communicate more with the fans and set out their plans for the future. In a passionate discussion on BBC local radio on Tuesday night, supporters were critical not just of the performances on the pitch, but the apparrent lack of direction, with no clear strategy coming from the owners about player signings, the manager's future or how the club could avoid relegation.

This came on the same day that Wayne Wild, group director of the WEC Group expressed his frustrations in the local media that he has received no direct contact from Venky’s, despite writing a letter of concern to them six weeks ago.

WEC, an engineering and fabrication company, is the main sponsor of the Darwen End stand and are in their fourth seasons of sponsorship, and also have corporate hospitality at Ewood Park.

Mr Wild said he has been in contact with the club for more than a month but, despite receiving a late offer on Friday of a meeting with the owners in London on Sunday, he is still waiting to have direct contact with Venky’s.

Mr Wild told the local evening paper: “I don’t want to be treated like god, because we are not.

"We are a corporate sponsor and the owners have the authority and right to do what they see fit with the club.

“I don’t think they understand the issues it is causing, though.

"Blackburn Rovers Football Club is the heart and soul of the town.

"It has been for ever and certainly since they were in the Premier League.

“It creates employment for the town, the indirect business of people travelling to the games, and the sponsorship.

“I just feel if I can’t get a reply - as the only paying corporate sponsor - that underlines the frustrations that general supporters are having, because there is no direct contact.

“We feel not valued. As well as the business side I have offered to mediate between the fans and the owners.

"I feel there is a growing gap between the two. Maybe if they could talk to me, I could relay that message to the fans.”

“One of my key issues is the lack of leadership at the top,” he said.

He went on to say amongst other things:

“It is not about the position of the team. It is the whole structure of the club.

"There is no leadership from the top down and fans are turning on fans.”

“I am willing to act as a mediator between the two. I don’t agree with everything the protesters have been doing.

"I can understand it but I don’t agree with it all. They are just trying to get something done.

“If my key customer had sent an official letter in, I would have replied immediately. Six weeks down the line I have no form of official reply.

““Being a supporter is hard enough to take but paying for the privilege of sponsorship to be linked to this is both embarrassing and damaging to our company name and brand.”

JB

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